. YOU GOT THIS: 10 Mental Health Hygiene Hacks - New Orleans Musicians' Clinic

YOU GOT THIS: 10 Mental Health Hygiene Hacks

You have a deadline or a performance. Depression has you in a muddle. Your creative calling is being silenced by a dark, haze.

There is no “snapping” out of it.

Here are some hacks that our YGT team have used to help us move toward the light.

Mental Hygiene Hacks for Creatives

MENTAL HYGIENE HACKS 
FOR CREATIVES

1. Exercising for 30 minutes or more a day will boost your mood, reduce your stress., sharpen your mind and add to your energy. While exercising, visualize what you want your day to be like and how you want to function in key situations where you must perform your best.

MENTAL HYGIENE HACKS 
FOR CREATIVES

2. Get 6-8 hours of sleep in each 24 hour period to re-charge and focus.

MENTAL HYGIENE HACKS 
FOR CREATIVES

3. Eat healthy to boost mood.

MENTAL HYGIENE HACKS 
FOR CREATIVES

4. Limit substance use. Beware that alcohol is a depressant.

MENTAL HYGIENE HACKS 
FOR CREATIVES

5. Build a support system. Make empathic connection with face to face contact with people you trust and value. Limit time interacting with people on social media.

MENTAL HYGIENE HACKS 
FOR CREATIVES

6. Manage negative thinking by challenging the validity of those thoughts. Negative bias can become a habit that is a distortion of reality. Feelings can get twisted by this bias and can appear to be “true” when in fact are just a by-product of low mood, disorganized thinking or internalized criticisms from parent figures in the past.

MENTAL HYGIENE HACKS 
FOR CREATIVES

7. Self-soothe as a vital step in self-care. Get a daily dose of sunlight. Take a walk outside, even if you don’t feel like getting out of bed. Keep to a routine. Start with always making your bed when you wake up and end the day with a soak in the tub or a soothing shower…

MENTAL HYGIENE HACKS 
FOR CREATIVES

8. Instead of watching and reading upsetting news and/or posting these stories on social media; use music to soothe your mind. Identify songs that make you feel happy, that inspire you and give you hope. Create special GO TO playlists to lift your mood. Only watch podcasts and Ted Talks that empower and confirm the good in the world.

MENTAL HYGIENE HACKS 
FOR CREATIVES

9. Show compassion, practice kindness and generosity. Help someone by volunteering. Care for a pet.

MENTAL HYGIENE HACKS 
FOR CREATIVES

10. Know when to reach out for help. Develop a written safety plan with those closest to you to assist you cope with stress and to ensure that you always have a safe haven.

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